There’s a significant stretch of the Deer Creek Canyon that lies between the creek and the far edge of the parking lot behind the Miners Foundry and Nevada City Winery.
Previously we brushed out upper reaches, and discovered an inordinate amount of trash, lumber, and various forms of detritus.Learn more »
I subscribe to two newspapers, a national paper and The Union. The workers producing The Union may feel it a compliment that you only steal their product, however I cannot share this pride. Currently I receive one or two newspapers a week via rural delivery instead the six newspapers that I am paying for.
I am sure you know who you are, but just in case, you are stealing from my newspaper tube along Highway 174 near Peardale. Should I be fortunate enough to get a photograph of you in action you may be assured that I will share it with the newspaper and the sheriff’s department. I assure you that I will be trying to get the picture.Learn more »
Let me start by saying I was born and raised in this gorgeous county and I love this place. A huge part of why this county is wonderful is the small-town atmosphere.
Knowing that you are safe walking down the street, and your children are safe walking home from the bus stop. Until recently. It seems there are more and more incidents of attempted child abductions. Earlier this week law enforcement was able to catch, and arrest a man that allegedly attempted to grab a 10-year-old girl. Kudos!Learn more »
I was interested in the article about the architect Travis Price who is promoting the building of container apartments for a practical and economical way of housing students.
I recently talked to my brother in Berlin where there is a great deal of activity building container apartments for refugees from Syria. This is done all over Germany as a way of accommodating refugees, although their number is so overwhelming that they cannot build them fast enough. Yet, it is a beginning.Learn more »
While visiting and shopping in Placer County the other day the cashier at Raley’s asked, “Paper or plastic?”
Seeing my shocked look she said, “You must be from Grass Valley where stores voluntarily ban plastic-single use bags.”Learn more »
Regarding Dick Sciaroni’s letter to the editor on Sept. 15, let’s not nitpick others’ credentials.
Mr. Sciaroni wants us to believe that it is not possible for the National Academy of Sciences to be politically motivated.Learn more »
Norm Sauer’s Sept. 21 column, “If you can control carbon you can control life,” takes the position that: CO2 “is clean, makes for growth, and makes it green.” 2. Man-made global warming is a conspiracy concocted by a few scientists; 3. Even if it were happening, schemes to regulate CO2 will merely transfer wealth to the government. I beg to differ.
CO2 is a naturally occurring gas that is true. Sugar also is natural, but too much causes diabetes. CO2 is our earth’s natural thermostat. But, burning fossil fuels has raised the setting, injecting too much ‘glucose’ in our atmospheric ‘bloodstream.’ Since 2000, Earth has broken all-time monthly heat records 30 times and seasonal heat records 11 times. 2015 will be a humdinger. Clearly, something’s awry.Learn more »
First, I would like to thank our vigilant letter-writing citizens and scholars for rebutting the climate bunk referred to in a recent letter by those two “doctors.”
Why should we believe the “research” these two “doctors” did regarding climate change?Learn more »
Many thanks to the generosity of Marshall’s Pasties for donating pasties to help feed the hard working volunteers on Thursday, Nov, 12.
These volunteers will be setting up for the free health care clinic happening Nov. 14-15. The clinic will be serving 500 patients a day with medical, dental, and vision care. It will be open to everyone and is free, funded by donations and run by an all volunteer staff.Learn more »
During this season, when we are dealing with massive regional wildfires and extremely thick smoke locally, I recently picked up The Union, which mentioned of neither on the front page. The only mention of either was an article about the wildfires from the Associated Press on page A8 and a picture of the smoky sun within the front section.
While I really do value the profiles of local businesses that often grace the front page, there are often local issues that should take precedence over these articles. At the ideal extreme, The Union would send a reporter to one of the wildfire areas to write an article. More practically, The Union could certainly feature an article about how the smoke is affecting daily life, and how to protect one’s health in these conditions.Learn more »
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service organization with over 1.4 million members. Their motto is “We Serve,” and the members of Higgins Diggins Lions Club did just that on Sept. 19.
Fifteen members spent the day cleaning up the grounds that surround the Roy Peterson Building at the Higgins Lions Community Center, located on East Hacienda Drive, near Bear River High School in Southern Nevada County.Learn more »
Looks like the structure of the proposed new State of Jefferson has already been decided with no need for a constitutional convention or much real input from citizens.
That would be a convention like the one in 1787, where representatives needed four months of often contentious debates to form what they hoped would be a “more perfect union?” According to Fran Freedle (Other Voices, Sept. 19), just about all aspects of how the new state will be structured and governed have already been decided.Learn more »
Each year the California Retired Teachers Association supports teachers currently at work in our schools.
They volunteer, donate money, and generally honor the work we do to better our students’ lives. I would personally like to thank them for their ongoing support and for the generous monetary donation I received as a winner of one of the yearly drawings they conduct at each area school. This generous gift will enable me to purchase art materials to enhance lessons in all curriculum topics throughout the year.Learn more »
It’s been interesting to hear some of the fallout from the Marbut presentation at Center for the Arts.
As someone who has been in the trenches full-time the last three years trying to help house homeless folk, I will tell you that just as important as deciding between a Housing-First model, 24/7 Crisis-Shelter model, or hybrid version of both is the issue of cost.Learn more »
While fueling my thirsty car at the gas station, a rather unkempt man approached me and asked if I could give him some money because it seems, he also was thirsty.
Another man was fueling his shiny new car and then it seemed a good time to ask the thirsty man if he owed anybody any money. With his strong voice he said, “Owe money, me, no I don’t owe anybody anything.”Learn more »
George Rebane’s acrimonious commentary regarding Bill and Christine Newsome’s open letter to Congressman LaMalfa is a sad example of many right-winged opinion pieces and letters published in The Union.
There seems to be an undercurrent of anger mixed with presumptuous and pedantic platitudes that do nothing to foster mutual understanding of the issues being discussed.Learn more »
Recently, Mr. Robert Marbut, a guest speaker at a forum regarding homelessness, stated that handing out food is enabling. He is exactly right.
Per my Merriam-Webster … “Enable vt B. to make possible.”Learn more »
The entire Interfaith Food Ministry (IFM) organization would like to extend a special and heartfelt thank you to Paulette’s Country Kitchen and their very dedicated staff for again hosting our annual Spaghetti Fundraising Dinner on Sept. 11.
Through Paulette’s ongoing support and generosity over the past several years, IFM has been able to continue to provide meals and services to those most in need in this great community.Learn more »
Kudos to BriarPatch for helping feed the volunteers for the free health care clinic happening Nov. 14-15 at the Grass Valley Veterans Hall.
BriarPatch is providing a hot breakfast on the clinic’s Saturday, for 250 volunteers. They’re also providing fresh fruit, yogurt and fruit juices for snacks, tea, and cream and sugar for coffee, that can be used throughout the event, which includes two days for set-up and one day for tear down. The clinic will be equipped to serve 500 patients a day with free medical, dental, and vision care.Learn more »
Whenever I stop to enjoy a photograph in the Town Talk section of The Union, I can almost guarantee that it was submitted by Annita Kasparian. Thank you to a talented photographer who always manages to so beautifully capture a memorable scene.
Patricia GravesLearn more »
How sad I am to learn that the Gold Country Computer Learning Center will close Oct. 1. This is a real loss to the community.
When I bought my present computer a few years ago, I chose a PC because I knew I’d have access to classes at GCCLC (more recently they have added Mac classes). I have taken a number of classes there, used their student lab, and even gotten personal tutoring. Their volunteers have consistently been very knowledgeable and incredibly helpful. And the price has always been a real bargain.Learn more »
I wanted to take this time to thank The Union, KVMR and any others that had a part in presenting the recent forum on homelessness. Robert Marbut gave a great deal of information in the time allotted. I’m sure his full presentation would have taken several hours more to complete.
I disagreed with Mr. Marbut’s centrist attitude on politics. We need to advocate for those in need, we need to attempt to sway the political discussion. When politicians stand up and demand necessary funds be cut, if no one advocates against this that is exactly what could happen.Learn more »
This responds to a letter in The Union (from Massachusetts?) that criticized my Sept. 5 Other Voices column, “Climate change: some inconvenient truths.”
The letter states that in May, some major oil and gas companies “acknowledged global warming is real due to fossil fuels and urged nations to enact carbon taxes,” thus refuting my first four “truths.” Not so. Nature’s facts, like the Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age, cannot be refuted by a declaration from any company.Learn more »
Recently there has been backlash against the saying “Black Lives Matter.” Communities call it the battle cry of a terrorist group. Churches, facing threats, remove the slogan from exterior bulletin boards.
Media personality Glenn Beck organizes a “Restoring Unity” rally, where he call for replacing the phrase with All Lives Matter, the rationale being it is exclusionary and divisive to grant a specific group special consideration.Learn more »
Kudos to Volz Brothers Automotive for supporting the arts! I am among many artists whose work is showcased in the waiting room of their business. Thank you, Volz Brothers!
Mim MeakinLearn more »
In reply to Sue Jeffrey’s rebuttal to my Aug. 22 opinion piece: It was not intended to devalue human life but rather to support it.
First: The Constitution mandates tolerance of different religious and moral values and practices including the right to privacy.Learn more »
In his Sept. 13 “Climate change is real and a threat”, Mr. Paul Berger took to task not only my views but also my credentials and career as a systems scientist and registered professional engineer in fields intimately involved in the study of climate dynamics.
Mr. Berger is a true believer in preventable global warming (PGW), and a layman in the sciences and technologies relevant to his strong beliefs. Subsequently he and other such laymen are totally off-base in their ability to assess people’s professional qualifications to evaluate the present state of the fomented hysteria surrounding the variously labeled “climate change”, “global warming”, “AGW”, … .Learn more »
Robert Marbut’s presentation on reducing homelessness was informative and inspiring.
With standing room only, The Union’s and KVMR’s facilitation of this “town hall meeting” enabled the community’s voices to be heard about the frustrating predicament of homelessness. Thank you for hosting the presentation at the Center for the Arts. Thank you, audience members, for your questions.Learn more »
More than 2,000 California wells have gone dry. This is bad news for foothills residents!
In the worst drought since 1914, the Sierra had virtually no snowpack last winter, which has never happened before. Even one El Niño winter won’t bring your well back to historic levels — it requires sustained, above-average rainfall and snow pack. The severity of this drought is a new problem, and requires innovative water management if we want to preserve precious water — and our property values!Learn more »
Reading The Union this morning from front to back as I do every day, I simply could not believe I could not find any article about “9/11.” The Internet, radio, and TV news all had good, heartwarming stories. We don’t need to hear about the terrorist scum bags and murder and destruction. Why you ask? Because we will “never forget.” We stand “united” and they will eventually be destroyed.
The other news media reminded us of the heroes, the volunteers, the firefighters who died saving lives, the American citizens who brought down flight 93 and many more inspirational stories. Where were you Mr. Editor, Brian Hamilton?Learn more »